Pyogenic sacroiliitis: another imitator of the acute abdomen

Surgery. 1986 Jul;100(1):95-8.


Acute suppurative infection of the sacroiliac joint can mimic the acute abdomen. Experience with a patient who had exploratory laparotomy for acute appendicitis prompted a review of the literature, which indicated that 12.6% of patients with pyogenic sacroiliitis have acute abdominal pain. A high index of suspicion is necessary to establish this diagnosis.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen, Acute / diagnosis
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Inflammation / diagnosis
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sacroiliac Joint*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis*
  • Suppuration